Drivers will be urged to reduce the number of journeys they make as part of planned changes to Scotland’s transport system in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. The Scottish government is expected to announce plans to increase the size of walkways and cycle paths in built-up areas. By reducing road space for cars, ministers hope to encourage more walking and cycling. The move is a key part of the government’s strategy for bringing the country out of lockdown and kick-starting the economy. Ministers fear that many people will be put off public transport because of the threat of contracting Covid-19 from fellow passengers. However, roads could come to a standstill if everyone uses their cars instead. Other plans to allow social distancing include: Avoiding rush-hour traffic by encouraging working from home and staggered starts to the work and school days; Encouraging more frequent bus services; Organising rail travel carriage by carriage according to final destination; Counting people in and out of train stations and airport terminals. Michael Matheson, the transport secretary, is expected to outline the early stages of the plans in Holyrood tomorrow. Edinburgh and Glasgow’s city councils are also planning to cordon off parts of city centre roads for pedestrians and cyclists, and ministers hope that other urban local authorities will follow.
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